By Favour Goodness
Ahead of Anambra state guber election, politicians with their supporters have stormed Amanato village, Nnando, Anambra East local Government Area of the state to condole with traditionalist, Igwe Onyeachonam Ofomba, (a.k.a. Udenegbaona Nando) who lost his 99 year-old father.
In the entourage of some of the politicians were, masquerades, cow robes, goats, among others which they presented to the chief mourner, as they pay tribute and spread money to a harvest of musical bands that took turn to entertain guests.
The over 20 musical bands that came from far and within, with presence of over 50 native doctors, kept the event lively even as masquerades started in the night vigil to display their stuff.
Reacting to the role call of the intimidating politicians and native doctors, the chief mourner, said he was not surprised.
“It is what it should be, one good turn deserves another, they are all my friends and they are here to console with me over the death of my father, an ICON in traditional medical practice”.
“Traditional medicine practice runs in our family, my great, great grand father, my father who had just died were native doctors and myself inherited it from my father”
“Ours is to heal and cure, it is divine and that is why you see all these people, politicians, traders, importers/exporters, civil servants, among others paying homage”
“You can also see that the Anambra state governorship election is near and the politicians even before the death of my father have been coming for one favour or another.
“Now that my father has gone to the world beyond, they came in their large number to felicitate with me as their spiritual adviser” he stated.
In his own speech, Orakwue Sebastine, corraborated the claim by the chief mourner that traditional medicine practice runs in the family.
He recalled, “I was the master trader to the chief mourner when we were trading before the chief mourner was directed by the gods to leave the trading business and return home and serve the gods which he did as he cannot run away from it”
The event witnessed the display of scores of dreaded masquerades that included, Izaga, Ijele, Ajo ofia, Agaba, among others.